Cumberland County 4-H Newsletter
December 2016 - January 2017
In This Issue
- Extension office closed for holidays
- Newsletter moving To 4-H Online
- Help feed hungry families on January 28
- Federation Officers
- Thank you
- Save the date!
- Candy Making - Craft Workshop
- Upcoming 4-H Federation Activities
- Pantry Scavenger Hunt
- Cumberland County 4-H Fall Bash
- 4-H Club News - Springpoint Rebels
- sharing some comforts from home with soldiers
- Achievement program pictures
- 2017 4-H Win-An-Animal Contest
- Take a bow. You are amazing DEADLINE SOON for state 4-H awards
- Helping you make a difference locally
- The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
- Farm Forensics solves the livestock mystery
- Adventures Await: Where Will You Go?
Extension office closed for holidays
University of Illinois Extension Coles, Cumberland, Moultrie-Douglas and Shelby County offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 2 for Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays and on Monday, Jan. 16. 2017 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Newsletter moving To 4-H Online
If you've been to our Extension unit's website lately, you may have noticed your 4-H newsletters are available online – and in living color!
But did you know the new 4-H Online enrollment system also posts the newsletter directly to your family profile page?
This December-January newsletter is the last issue we will be sending via postal mail to all 4-H families in our unit. Starting with the February issue, we will be sending all of our families an email or text-message reminder when the newsletter has been posted to your family profile page. Between now and then, be sure to sign up for 4-H Online so you don't miss out on any news or deadlines.
We're making this change for a couple of reasons. First, it allows us to get the news to you more quickly – and to update you on event opportunities or other items that come up in-between newsletters. Second, the move to an electronic format will save thousands of dollars on duplicating and mailing expenses. That's money we'll be able to use to fund additional workshops and other activities that enrich your 4-H member's experience.
If you and your family do not have a way to access the newsletter online, please contact your 4-H Program Coordinator or talk with your club leader.
P.S. If you'd like to check out the full-color version of this month's newsletter, just log in to 4-H Online and go to your family profile page!
Help feed hungry families on January 28
YOU have a chance to help fight hunger in our communities, by taking part in the 4-H food-packaging event at Lake Land College on Saturday, Jan. 28. Illinois 4-H members are used to pledging their "health to better living," and a state initiative has members battling a new health threat: local hunger.
"Hunger is closer to home than many people realize," said Bill Million, University of Illinois Extension 4-H youth development specialist. "It is estimated that one in five children faces hunger and food insecurity on a recurring basis; this represents 23 percent of all Illinois youth under the age of 18."
On the last Saturday in January, 4-H members, families and volunteers from Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties will come together to address the hunger challenge within the unit. A meal-packaging event will be held at Lake Land College, where volunteers, working in an assembly line, will package food ingredients into bags and seal them shut. These bags will then be delivered to local food pantries. The meals we package will stay local, helping families close to home!
The schedule for the day will be:
9 to 10 a.m. unload van and set up assembly lines.
9:45 to 12 p.m.. assembly line – fill, seal and place bags into boxes. Load boxes into vehicles for local distribution.
Four older 4-H'ers and/or adults are needed for the 9 to 10 a.m. time slot to assist in unloading supplies from the van and setting up the assembly lines. Volunteers for this time slot need to be able to lift and carry 50-pound boxes. Another 100 volunteers (4-H'ers, families, leaders, friends, etc.) are needed for the assembly lines.
Last year we had two assembly-line shifts, and the first-shifters were having so much fun they found it hard to break away when the second shift arrived! So this year we'll have just one assembly-line shift that will run for about two hours. You must reserve your shift(s) in advance by contacting your local Extension office or Dana Homann. This will ensure that we have enough, but not too many, workers for the number of meals we need to assemble. The sign-up deadline is Friday, Jan. 20.
To see this event in action, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liXoo_Op3pg. This is a time-lapsed video of southern Illinois 4-H'ers at a similar meal-packaging event.
President - Ellie Walk
Treasurer - Elise Hemmen
Secretary - Jenna Flood
Vice President - Josie Scott
Reporter - Emmalyn Walk
Recreation - Brody Titus
Officers were placed into office during the Achievement Program on Nov. 13 at the Lillyville Church Hall.
Congratulations to all the new officers!
Springpoint Rebels 4-H club for hosting the 2016 Cumberland County 4-H Achievement Program
Save the date!
Attention all 4-H members and families. You need to keep Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 open for the 4-H Skating Party! Coles County 4-H is co-sponsoring the party. It will be held at the Mattoon Silver Star Skating Rink from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. You can bring your own skates, or if you don't have skates, the rental fee for skates will be paid for by the Federation. Please bring a Pantry Scavenger Hunt item for donation. Everyone should sign up at the Cumberland County table when you arrive.
Candy Making - Craft Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 10
9 to 11 a.m.
Toledo Village Hall
All 4-H members are invited to come.
Anyone can come join the fun!!
MUST RSVP by December 8!
Upcoming 4-H Federation Activities
Dec. 8 - Decorating Nursing Home doors, 4 p.m., Extension office/Greenup Rehab and Health Care
Dec. 8 - Federation Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Extension office
Dec. 10 - Candy Workshop, Toledo Village Hall, 9 to 11 a.m.
Jan. 12 - Federation Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 - Skating party, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 - Feeding the Hungry, more info in Unit section
Pantry Scavenger Hunt
We are extending the collection date to Saturday, March 11!
This will be the last day of Cumberland County 4-H Week.
Each Club is encouraged to begin their donations for this year's scavenger hunt. This is a great opportunity for the club to get involved and help out the community. 4-H'ers need to bring items to their club meeting or to any 4-H sponsored event from now until March 11, 2017.
Candy/Craft Workshop (Dec. 10)
November-March Federation Meetings
November-February Leader Meetings
Roller Skating Party (Jan. 15)
Feeding the Hungry event (Jan. 28)
4-H Week (March 5-11)
Don't forget to bring items to your club meetings as well!
Items should be full-size products. Trial size will only receive half points. The 4-H Club that accumulates the greatest point value will receive a gift from the 4-H Federation. Items will be delivered by the Federation to the food pantries throughout Cumberland County.
Even in our community there are individuals who suffer from hunger. Most of us do not realize what it is like to be hungry for more than a few minutes. Our 4-H'ers are always great at stepping up to the plate and helping those in need. Let's make this year another success!
Bar of Soap 15
Laundry Detergent 40
Boxed Food Items 10/item
Canned Food Items 10/item
Baby wipes 20
Feminine products 25
Toilet paper 20
Dish soap 20
Canned meat 20
Liquid soap/body wash 20
Paper towels 20
Hand sanitizer 10
Disposable razors 15
Cumberland County 4-H Fall Bash
On Oct. 23 the Cumberland County 4-H members had an opportunity to attend the annual Fall Bash. This year's bash included advanced and junior scavenger hunts provided by Lori Walk, pumpkin painting, exploding pumpkins, and election of our 2016-2017 4-H Federation officers. A huge thank you goes out to Phil & Lori Walk for hosting the event at Jennings Park in Neoga. Thank you to everyone who helped cook the hotdogs and hamburgers, and to everyone who brought a dish to share! Lastly, thank you to the 4-H Federation for supplying drinks, utensils, hot dogs and buns. A great time was had by all!
Congratulations to all the new 4-H Federation Officers!
4-H Club News - Springpoint Rebels
We started the Springpoint Rebels 4-H Club meeting out with Matthew Deters leading the pledge of Allegiance and Ross Hemmen leading the 4-H pledge. Then we moved on to old business with the Fall festival and fall bash, MR breakfast, trunk or treating, chili at Rural King, federation meeting, and all members must enroll online.
Kailtlyn Hemmen moved to approve old businesses with Alysa Dittamore seconding that. Then we moved on to new business with officer training, military addresses, candy workshop, register online ASAP, shirts. Motion to approve new business was by Elise Hemmen and seconded by Ross Hemmen. The next meeting is Dec. 4 along with Christmas caroling at 6 p.m. We closed the meeting with Sami Will moving to approve it with Lexi Will seconding it.
sharing some comforts from home with soldiers
Cumberland County 4-H'ers are sharing some comforts from home with soldiers who are serving overseas. Members purchased items of personal care, food, entertainment, and fun to soldiers all over the globe. Casey's General Store donated several items to the packages as well as the Liberty Hill Rangers 4-H Club. This is an annual event. The kids love shopping for the soldiers! The packages will be mailed December 1.
Achievement program pictures
Go to our website to see more pictures!
2017 4-H Win-An-Animal Contest
Cumberland County 4-Kids Auction Committee is giving youth the opportunity to experience a new 4-H animal project area. The first-ever 4-H Win-An-Animal Contest is underway. What is this unique contest, you ask? It is a contest to help increase youth participation in the 4-H Sheep, Poultry, Goat, Swine & Rabbit Projects in Cumberland County. Youth are asked to write an essay at least 100 words in length explaining why they would like to win one of these animals, how they will take care of them, where they will keep them, who will help them, etc. They may apply for more than one animal, but they will need a separate essay for each. Please contact Cumberland County 4-Kids Auction Committee with any questions. GOOD LUCK!!!
Click on this link to see all the application rules: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/downloads/67746.pdf
Take a bow. You are amazing DEADLINE SOON for state 4-H awards
No matter how you're involved in the 4-H program, you are eligible for awards. …. whether you take a variety of projects or belong to a one-project SPIN club ... whether you serve as a Teen Teacher or you use your skills to promote 4-H … whether you've been a member for two years or 11 … there is an opportunity for you.
Applications must be submitted to the local Extension office by Dec. 6, 2016. Applications will then be scanned and emailed to the State 4-H Office by end of business on Friday, January 6, 2017.
Download any of the award applications you need from @ go.illinois.edu/4Hawardapps. You will need to download them to your computer for them to work and save properly.
All applications are in writable PDF form. Just click through the application and fill in the information. All applications must be typed, not handwritten.
Save and print the completed form.
Complete, sign and turn the forms into the local office by Dec. 6, 2016.
Helping you make a difference locally
Looking for funding support to conduct community service outreach in your community? Farm Credit Illinois and 1st Farm Credit Service are ready to help Illinois 4-H clubs across Illinois make bring positive and visible change to Illinois communities! Community Improvement Grants are a great way for Illinois teens to demonstrate their leadership on a local level as teen advocates working for positive change in their hometown!
Farm Credit Illinois Community Improvement Grants
Farm Credit Services Illinois Community Improvement Grant is inviting 4-H Clubs to apply for a $400 grant to assist club members in being positive change agents by making their local communities better places to live. Eligible clubs are those located in one of the counties served by Farm Credit Services Illinois which includes 14 Extension Units representing the 60 counties in southern & central Illinois. This includes Extension Unit 19 serving Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties. Applications are due February 27, 2017.
Use the following URL for more information and to connect to the online application:
The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
To attend, teams are being put together on an Extension UNIT-wide basis. Contact your local Extension office immediately if you are interested in serving on your unit's teen leadership team. Registration will be completed by the Extension office, not by individual youth, and numbers are limited.
Here's what you need to know:
WHAT: Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference, The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
WHEN and WHERE: January 6 – 7, 2017; Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
WHO CAN ATTEND: An Extension Unit can send a team of four teens and one adult to this conference. Space is limited to the first 100 teens and their corresponding adult coach, so Extension Units must put their teams together immediately. Teens must currently be enrolled in high school (9th – 12th grades) in order to attend and an adult coach MUST be included on the team. The adult coach must be a screened 4-H volunteer or an Extension staff member.
HOW TO REGISTER: Contact your local Extension office if you are interested in being one of your county's team members. Registration will close December 12.
WHY? – Because you'll never regret building your leadership skills, sharing your voice, and making new friends – ALL THROUGH 4-H! (See the complete article in the November issue.)
Farm Forensics solves the livestock mystery
How do you increase livestock productivity? How do you keep your herd healthy? What traits do you want in your breeding stock? How do you successfully run your farm business? Uncover the answers in this year's Youth Livestock Conference … Farm Forensics: A Livestock Mystery. This program provides leadership and team building activities as well as exciting hands-on opportunities built around the science and disciplines of livestock production and exhibition. This conference is hosted by the State 4-H Livestock Ambassador Team.
Dates: Feb. 11-12
Conference headquarters: Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, 101 Trade Center Drive.
Open to any 4-H member in 7th, 8th or 9th grade.
Registration: Register online by Jan. 23 @ go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock.
Check-In: 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, Feb. 11
Pick-Up: 11:45 AM, Sunday, Feb. 12
This & more is in store for you!
Scoping Out the Suspect - Help us scope out the suspect as we zoom in on DNA and the bizarre world of bacteria. In this session we will be working through the case as we extract, zoom and solve together!
Deceitful Dissection - Come explore the exciting world of dissection. With scalpels and scissors we will investigate the missing pieces of the mystery. Be prepared to reveal a vital clue!
Order in the Court - Step into the courtroom with our livestock ethics committee as we discuss good production practices and debate a simple livestock case. Members will participate as a jury, the courtroom audience and plaintiffs or defendants. Participants will debate against anti-agriculture organizations by offering their personal "testimonies," objecting to false livestock advertisements and ultimately working to influence the verdict of the judge.
Cracking the Chromosomes - Joins us as we investigate the world of genetics and the mysteries of electrophoresis. In this session, you will solve the secrets with your sweet tooth as we study genetics and dig deeper into DNA.
Defending the Herd - Keep your eye out, the Stockyard Stalkers are on the loose! In this workshop you will examine footage to learn about motives of anti-agriculture activists and how to defend your position if you are ever "under attack."
Adventures Await: Where Will You Go?
2017 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference can help your journey!
Adventures Await! Where are YOU headed on your leadership journey? If you are in the 7th or 8th grade, check out the 2017 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference to see some of your many options! It will be February 25-26 at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington. You'll be busy doing things, making new friends and working as a team.
The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team has planned workshops on first aid, robotics, understanding different cultures, animal science, team-building, and robotics – ALL from suggestions made by delegates at the 2016 conference! The Youth Leadership Team members will also be sharing stories on their own leadership journeys throughout the conference so you can see the opportunities that are available to all Illinois 4-H members! Your local Extension office has the information.
Registration is open @ go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. Get ready to start your 4-H leadership adventure now by planning to attend!